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BarefootLaw

Kampala, Uganda
Joined November 2017

We believe in making access to justice readily available to 50 million people across Africa by 2030. We are using innovation and technology to achieve our goal.

Presence in: Uganda
Focus: Community / Customary Land Rights, Criminal Justice, Economic Empowerment, Family, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Labor & Employment, Land & Natural Resources, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights

BarefootLaw is a not for profit organisation which was created in 2012 to provide access to the law and legal information to undeserved communities in Uganda. Because of numerous factors including a very limited number of lawyers available for the population, high costs of legal services and a high population of illiterate and under and uneducated people, mistrust in the law and the justice system was so prevalent that instances of people taking the law into their own hands such as vigilantism and mob justice had become very common.

Behind the creation of BarefootLaw is that where people know have an understanding of the law and the legal processes available for resolving conflicts, people will not only utilise these processes, but act in ways that are less likely to get them involved in legal conflicts. If individuals can understand the law, they will be able to protect themselves, their families and communities as well as enforce their rights if infringed by another.

BarefootLaw uses technology as a means of disseminating legal information to the general public. Through developing websites as repositories of simplified legal information. With a monthly reach of over 450,000 people through the various platforms including websites, social media and SMS, BarefootLaw continues to expand its technological approaches in order to further it’s services.

BarefootLaw also uses innovative approaches to reach people who have not got access to technology. Although access to technology has increased phenomenally in Uganda in the last couple of years, there are still very many people who don’t have access to technology and many others who are illiterate or unable to use these technologies. With this in mind, BarefootLaw develops projects which directly reach these people and share the legal information with them in more appropriate methods such as by preparing and staging skits, by holding trainings and legal clinics among other things.

 

 

People Associated With This Organization

Gerald Abila

Uganda  
BarefootLaw (Unverified)
Joined March 2015
-Free Online legal support

-Free legal support to general public through available technology tools, mobile [feature and smart phones],
and the traditional Legal Aid walk-in model

Looking for partners in technology and Innovative Acess to Justice Organisations, Human Rights partners and Justice partners

Timothy Kakuru

Uganda  
BarefootLaw
Joined November 2017
Interests: Access to Information, Corruption, Criminal Justice, Economic Empowerment, Generalist Legal Services, Labor & Employment
I am a lawyer based in Uganda with over 5 years experience working in the legal profession. I have working experience with the major sectors, the private, public (Government) and non-profit. A founding member of BarefootLaw (www.barefootlaw.org) and the head of Research there (www.msmegarage.org). I am also a founding member of the mSME Garage project and the Head of that Project. I am working extensively at helping to improve access to justice from the legal aid perspective as well as being actively involved in the revolutionising of legal service provision using technological innovations. I am interested in sharing our successes, learning from other people's successes and working together with others to further evolve legal service provision with the aim of strengthening the rule of law through having justice made available in countries where the provision of access to justice is still lacking.
Timothy Kakuru is the network champion (main point of contact) for BarefootLaw.

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